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    Default Is a pick-up the only solution?

    I've been playing my acoustic concert ukulele with a band of 3 guitars, bass and cajon. Everyone else is plugged in, the mixing thing is run by a guy who has been doing this for years, just not with ukuleles in the mix.

    The problem; I've been playing into a mic but need to be pretty much grazing my knuckles on it to be heard and I'm not very disciplined about keeping still so it's not ideal.
    From my point of view a magic box to amplify the sound from my mic a bit extra before it gets as far as the mixing bit would be ideal if they exist, and aren't massively expensive, and would fix the problem.
    The uke in question is a KoAloha Opio spruce/acacia concert with a glorious sound - if I have to start thinking about pick ups or soundboard mics … I have no idea how all this sound stuff works so would be grateful for your thoughts.

    PS Sorry if this is a re-run of previous threads - I couldn't find this specific issue when I looked.

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    The vast majority of players that play live like you do have a pick up installed in their ukulele. Without it you are extremely handicapped, as you have found out. Something like a LR Baggs 5.0 or Misi pick up work great, they are designed for ukuleles. You plug your cable into the end pin jack on the bottom of your uke and play away. Simple simple
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    Here's an old thread that may be of interest.

    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...t=booli+pickup
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    I'm a bit shy of getting a pick-up retro-fitted to be honest; I'm a long way away from any ukulele specialists, I'd have to trust a guitar person!

    I've been reading up everything I can about the iRig Acoustic Stage which sounds like it might do the trick, without letting anyone near the uke with a drill. I suppose all luthiers are insured though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Croaky Keith View Post
    Here's an old thread that may be of interest.

    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...t=booli+pickup
    You're a mind reader! Thanks,

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    Here is another take on amplification

    https://www.onemicstand.com

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    iRig Acoustic setup, you only need one for all of your acoustic ukes, no installation, good results
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    Quote Originally Posted by EDW View Post
    Here is another take on amplification

    https://www.onemicstand.com
    I bought this microphone because of DelRays use and favourable comments. Great microphone but you cannot have any speakers behind you or near to you. Like all condenser mic’s they pick up unwanted surrounding noise if you are not paying attention.

    I have the iRig Acoustic Stage soundhole mic as well.

    The iRig has pretty good sound reproduction but is feedback prone. This can be dealt with using the preamp but must be paid attention to.

    For plug and play simplicity and reliability a pickup wins. No it is not the best sounding alternative but anyone playing guitar, ukulele, mandolin etc in a band uses a pick up
    Last edited by DownUpDave; 11-09-2019 at 06:24 AM.
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    I've installed or had installed pickups/preamps on many of my ukes, a good luthier should do the job well. I have no concerns what-so-ever, even did it to my custom made gypsy jazz uke. I buy pickup/preamps direct from China, the exact same ones used in well known ukes, but without the company logo added. I'll install my own strap buttons too. Look at all the pro players out there and you'll see that they have built in pickups.

    You can see the preamp controls on the edge and the plugin on the other edge. The pickup is a piezo under the saddle of the bridge.




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    I prefer to mic both myself and the uke. I think that it sounds better. But that just doesn't always work, like you said, you can't compete. I have one uke with a MiSi installed and when all else fails I just go with it. I mean, if you are going to play in a group there is only so far you can go to maintain your individuality. Comes a point you just plug in and join everyone else in the group. I consider the MiSi money well spent. I'm not pushing the MiSi, there are several good pickups out there, I'm just saying that going half assed just causes more problems in my opinion.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

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